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U.S. stock futures were unsettled Tuesday, as investors awaited to see if a raft of corporate earnings results will help markets break out of a recent rut.

What’s happening
  • After an early rise, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average YM00, -0.19% fell 45 points, or 0.1%, to 34628
  • Futures on the S&P 500 ES00, -0.27% dropped 10 points, or 0.2%, to 4377
  • Futures on the Nasdaq 100 NQ00, -0.40% fell 61 points, or 0.4%, to 13847

On a quiet Monday with several international markets shut, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.11% fell 40 points, or 0.11%, to 34412, the S&P 500 SPX, -0.02% declined 1 point, or 0.02%, to 4392, and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.14% dropped 19 points, or 0.14%, to 13332.

The S&P 500 has dropped for seven of the last nine sessions.

What’s driving markets

This week will see a number of companies reporting, after a raft of banks posted somewhat disappointing results to kick off first quarter earnings season. Johnson & Johnson JNJ, -1.25% headlines the companies reporting ahead of Tuesday’s open, and IBM IBM, -0.31% and Netflix NFLX, -0.96% report after the close.

Netflix shares have been hammered this year, skidding 44%, on investor concern about their subscription numbers.

The average implied earnings move for S&P 500 companies based on options prices is plus or minus 4%, according to strategists at UBS. That’s a bit lower than the fourth quarter of 2021, but above the 10-year average, the strategists said.

The U.S. economics calendar including housing starts and a speech by Chicago President Charles Evans. The International Monetary Fund is due to release its world economic outlook, a day after the World Bank slashed its global growth forecast.

The airlines sector will be in the spotlight as well after a federal judge halted the mask mandate on planes, a move that the industry championed.

Source: This post first appeared on http://marketwatch.com/

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